Sam Sneed


Business Strategy
Government Contracts 
Intellectual Property

William S. Richardson School of Law (J.D.)
University of Denver (M.B.A; B.S. in Electrical Engineering)

Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i

Sam Sneed’s practice focuses on developing and leveraging emerging technologies in the public and private sectors. Sam advises clients on the protection, monetization, and distribution/transfer of intellectual property, helping them to not only strengthen their Hawaii base but also expand their reach to national and international markets. ES&A’s global network, the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), provides a gateway to those markets, as well as a resource for registration and enforcement assistance abroad.

In addition to IP strategy, Sam advises for-profit, non-profit, and government clients on intellectual property strategy, government contracts and grants, business transactions, and cybersecurity and privacy policy. Sam is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

As business technology evolves at an increasingly rapid pace, clients benefit from Sam's continuous focus on collaborative research and legal scholarship in growth areas such as:

  • Cybersecurity and export controls
  • Personal data protection and usage
  • Rights in access to information, the open source movement, and internet neutrality
  • Artificial intelligence (AI), labor rights, and workforce development
  • Indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge
  • Geographic identifiers and sui generis protections
  • Regulation of emerging technologies

Sam holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from the University of Denver and is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. Her past experience includes policy research for the State of Hawai`i DBEDT's Energy Planning and Policy Office, and assisting in design and validation of SCADA electrical grid displays for the U.S. Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration office in Folsom, California.  


  • Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Associate (2013-2015)
  • State of Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Strategic Industries Division, Energy Planning and Policy Office, Intern (2013)
  • Hawaii Procurement Institute, pro bono Intern (2011-2012)
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, Sierra Nevada Region, SCADA Department, Intern (2009)


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • PCATT (Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training), Industry Advisory Board 
  • CyberHawaii, Education & Workforce Development Committee, Co-Chair
  • Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Hawaii Procurement Institute


  • Best Lawyers Ones to Watch (2022)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-present)